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Pinnacol scholarship applications due April 15

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The Pinnacol Foundation is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. The foundation provides scholarships to children whose parents have been injured or killed in work-related accidents, regardless of insurance carrier. The application deadline is April 15.

"The effects of serious workplace injuries are felt not only by injured workers, but their families as well," said Edie Sonn, chair of the Pinnacol Foundation board of directors. "Children in these households often take on more responsibility to support the family. This scholarship helps these students continue their education after high school, whether at a four-year university, community college or vocational school."

The average scholarship is $3,500 and the funds can be used at any institution with an accreditation recognized by the United States Department of Education, or vocational education institutions with recognized accreditations.

Current scholarship recipient Dustin Gillard is one of those students. Gillard's father was killed in a towing accident in 2006. After finishing his associate's degree in construction technology from Colorado Mesa University in December 2015, Gillard continued his education at Pickens Technical College with help from the Pinnacol Foundation.

"I'm pursuing a career in the construction industry with welding as my specific skill set," Gillard said. "This scholarship will help me gain my technical certificate, and will take away some of the financial stress that would be distracting to my education."

To qualify for a foundation scholarship, a student must be the natural, adopted or step child or full dependent of a worker who was injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident during the course and scope of employment with a Colorado-based employer. The foundation evaluates the severity of injury sustained by each student's parent or guardian, as well as the student's academic achievement, financial need, civic involvement and strength of essay. Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and be between the ages of 16 and 25 at the time of application, and are encouraged to submit a letter of reference.

Visit pinnacol.com/foundation to complete the online application or call 303-361-4775 for more information.

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